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Take Your Trend to the Beach: Swimsuits Follow Fashion Trends

swimwear and bathing suits for older women

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Well, it’s that horrid time of year again… time for all good Baby Boomer women over 50 to think about swimsuits and (thank God) beach coverups and eye-diverting accessories that can make your swimwear outfit look hip and trendy.

boomerinas bathing suitsI don’t know about you, but I've postponed shopping for a swimsuit for at least a year... maybe longer. My old bathing suit doesn't work anymore. It doesn’t lift where it should give support. It doesn’t hold the jiggly stuff in anymore. My old favorite swimsuit really needs to be replaced. Yuck. Double yuck.

I Hate Shopping for Swimsuits

The thought of actually BUYING a swimsuit is just too depressing, so I’m going to focus on fashion trends that you and I can wear at the beach or the pool. Maybe if I approach this momentous task from the side, I can sneak up on the horror of swimsuit shopping and take it by surprise… and, maybe, I’ll discover the perfect style at the perfect price while I’m doing research for this article.

Well… miracles do happen.

what's cute in swimsuits bathing suitsAnyway, the point of this article is that you can take any trend that you wear in the city and adapt it to the beach or pool. Yes, I've made little swimsuit flashcards with math equations and there will be a quiz at the end. So, study those flashcards, ladies.

Here's the formula: the city item on the left is equal to the beachy stuff on the right. Capisce? Good. Let's start.

Swimwear Trends for Spring and Summer

There are a lot of cool trends that I like for this upcoming season, like 60s patterns and coloful brights. However, there are a lot of other things that I can’t wear, like black and white monochrome. It’s not that I don’t like monochrome, it’s just that it looks like crap on me. But, it might look fabulous on you. It looks great on my younger daughter… but, everything looks good on you when you’re in your 20s. Actually, I know quite a few women in their 60s who can wear it… and can wear a lot of the trends that look like ducky pucky on me.

tropical hawaiian aloha print swimsuits for older women

Tropical Prints for Beachwear and Bathing Suits

Whenever I see tropical prints, I think of Hawaii. And, that thought alone can keep me from hating hibiscus-covered swimsuits. Well, as you should know by now... if you've been reading my articles like a good little girl... Aloha-shirt types of prints and other eye-catchers are often good for diverting attention away from flubby flab and roly-poly tums.

Just make sure that the print you choose doesn't accentuate any areas that you want to Photoshop off your body. And, make sure that the colors near your face are flattering to your complexion. This is especially important if you're "shark bait" white. Right?

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Ruffles and Frills on Trendy Beachwear

Ruffles, frills, gathers, or whatever you call them... these layers of extra fabric can hide bad areas or add flounce and volume to areas that are too small. Ruffles can be tricky, but they can also be as wonderful as angel wings. Look at the photo above. The ruffles on the beige dress are random and will add to a flat bustline or hide a roundish tummy. The ruffles on the blue beach dress will draw attention away from unwanted blubber. And, the ruffles (or waterfall draping) on the red swimsuit will help camouflage a bumpy stomach and draw attention up to the cleavage. Hey, that's what I need, so I'm putting that red suit on my check-it-out-tomorrow list.

See, I'm already feeling better. And, I don't feel like I'm shopping alone because I have you to talk to while I'm doing one of the most horrid, abysmal, humbling, humiliating chores of the year... buying a bathing suit. But, I'm sick and freaking tired of going on cruises and never dipping as much as my little toe in the hot tub. I'm going to screw up my courage and actually buy something that looks reasonably good on me.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Heather

    Hi there.
    I was just wondering the brand of the turquoise one-peice swimsuit?
    It is cute and will see if I can still find it somewhere.

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Heather, if you mean the colorful turquoise suit in the main photo, it's from Fifty Plus (I think it's fiftyplus.co.uk) but they also sell some stuff in the US. I'm blanking on the name of the website, but if I think of it, I'll put the name here.

      Unfortunately, the suit is from last season, so I don't know if they have it at this point. If I remember more, I'll leave a message. Try the UK site and see if they have it and if they ship to the US. A zillion sites have started shipping to American/international, which is great because now we can get cute European/UK styles.

      Tina Boomerina

  2. Denise Garbacz

    Tina wear can I buy the fifty plus vintage flapper dress you have in the feature article cruising ?

  3. Tina-Boomerina

    Hi Denise,

    Fifty Plus is a UK company, but I'll see if they still have the dress or if is sold in the US. I'm assuming two things: You live in the states. You're talking about this dress in the main photo of this article: http://boomerinas.com/2013/04/14/what-to-wear-for-cruise-dinners-formal-nights/

    I want you to know that I wrote that article quite a while ago, but I think they may still carry that dress. I'll post the info here and I'll email you once I figure it out.


    Tina Boomerina

    • Tina-Boomerina


      If I have the right dress, it's by Joanna Hope and you can find it on Marisota.com in the US. The only bummer is that it's almost sold out, so I'm going to email you right now with the link. It's a great plus-sized dress and it would rock at a wedding or on a cruise because the beading works a bit like camouflage.

      I don't know what it looks like on, but it's very Gastby-esque in style.


  4. Laveta

    I am 52 and looking for beachwear for my upcoming trip to Hawaii. I am a 22-24 and also need to know how fast could it arrive

  5. Carrie

    Looking for who makes the mod blue suit with white bow. Where can I find it?

  6. Tina-Boomerina

    The black and white color-block swimsuit is here: http://fave.co/14XZPMW

  7. Nancy Przychowicz

    Where can I find the black and white polka dot swimdress with white bow you have featured?